Time spent on Mother’s Day a precious gift

It doesn’t matter how old you get, or how far away you move from home.

You will always be your mother’s baby. 

Sunday is the opportunity to celebrate all of the things, big and small, that mothers do for their children.

And we know, we should’t forget about fathers, but they have their own day, later in the year.

A great example of a woman who should be celebrated, is 88-year-old Dorothy Claridge.

With five children, 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, the 88-year-old says nothing makes her happier or prouder than her family.

Mrs Claridge has been described as “the epitome of grace” and a nurturing family woman.

Her daughter Dianne Wivell said she could not have asked for a more loving mother, describing her as a “true and gentle woman”. 

Mothers are cast as the nurturers, the carers, the soft place to land when things don’t go your way.

But often, in the bustle of life, you forget what an important role they play in your life.

Until, you have children of your own.

Mothers never stop being mothers, whether their children are young, old, or have wings.

There has even been the rise of the fur-babies, so it’s true that mothers really can come in all shapes and sizes.

A mother doesn’t even have to be biologically related – it just has to be someone who plays that supportive role in a young person’s life.

But there is one thing that never changes, mothers always enjoy hearing from their children.

Mother’s Day is one day in the year we make a concerted effort to recognise the role our mums play in our lives. 

The best way to do that is to be present. You can give all the gifts in the world but the things that matter are the times you spend with your loved ones.

There will be those who say you should make an effort to call or see your mother every day – but if you haven’t done it for a while, Sunday is the best opportunity.

Make a change, pick up the phone or, even better, get in the car and go for a drive.

It will make her day, and isn’t that what Mother’s Day is all about?

Happy Mother’s Day to all of our Northern mothers from The Examiner.